It was a Good Friday
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April 2nd, 2010 – by: mbeltoft
6:15am we flagged down a couple of taxis to take us to the bus station and 15 minutes after we arrived to the station the bus heading for San Fernando took off - Perfect timing. 1½ hour bus rides is best spent sleeping, especially at that time of the day. So after a few blinks with my eyes we was in San Fernando. We got out of the bus and found a jeepny willing to drive us to the small village of San Pedro and a short ride later we was there.
San Pedro's main street is very fast to walk through and if it wasn't just for this special day there would be nothing to see here.
But it is a special day so just after a few minutes we see this hooded guy walk by while whipping his back so the blood splatters all around. This happens again and again the next 45 minutes while we figure out where the "real show" takes place and get some breakfast from the local stores.
At 10am it all starts. People, mostly locals, are standing at the side of the road, waiting to see the hero of the day. Jesus himself!! - and he appears from around a corner with his followers while a big sound system places on a truck plays dramatic music.
We're walking towards this small man made hill with 3 big crosses. So the modern day Jesus didn't even had to carry his own cross the the hill but they make him do it anyway.
When we arrive at the hill the 2 smaller crosses are already occupied with other guys but they are only tied up.
The big cross is being take down and the Romans forces Jesus up on it - Here we go, the thing we all waited for, tension is high and the photographers are pushing to get the best shot. In seconds it's over- a big nail is droved though both his hands and the cross is erected....
It is almost noon. The heat in unbearable but at least we're not nailed to a big piece of wood out in the sun. He hangs up there for about 10 minutes and after he's taken down he is rushed to the medic tent and treated for is wounds. A few minutes after he stands up and is OK. Spontaneous applause and cheering breaks out and that concludes the show.
Time to get back to Manila - It has been a full day and it's only noon. Amazing what can happen when you get up at 6am on a Good Friday
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